Sunday, January 27, 2013

Riddle Run 14 - Final results (I think)

RiddleRun 14   1/26/2013 at  8:05AM
"A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of frame and money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well."- C.K. Chesterton

Had a great time this weekend.  Nice to see old faces and new.  This year I actually put in a decent amount of miles and it was fun doing most of it with Tony, and Tom, then Lindsay.  I know several people went further than they even have ran/walked before and that's always neat to hear.  Steve, from Iowa came back.  Scott from KRR was back for 12 miles, then split to go see Elvis.  The 50 milers were awesome and crazy at the same.  I asked for no volunteers, but somehow there were many.

Tom and Chris continue to come, 14 in a row.  There were even a couple of bandits.

This run/race/event continues to show the good in people.  I thank you all for joining me again to celebrate what I love to do.

Now on to the results:

This must be the quickest I've gotten the results out.  Look over them and see if I made any big mistakes in reading your hand writing.  Not sure how to handle the 50 mile option participants.  Hope they are not too upset with listing them at the bottom, but they do get there own division.  Not sure if such a division will be offered next year.  It will depend upon any special requests.

78 entered
63 started
63 finished at least 2 miles
49 DNF'd on the 28 miler
4 started 50 miles w/ 3 finishers

Weather:  12-28 deg/clear/sunny/full moon/a little breezy sometimes

28 mile finishers - (11 finished 28 miles)
1. jason Elliot - 3.45 1st male
2. brandon smith - 4.14
3. darby rude- 4.20
4. ryan knows - 4.26
5. pat mills - 4.37
6. jeff fago - 4.47.56
7. andrea stack - 5.00.03 1st female
8. john north - 5.13.58
9. ellen byron - 5.18
10. steve hammond - 5.23
11. robert beach - 5.45

24 mile finishers – no one

21 mile finishers
12. jen burton - 6.10

20 mile finishers - (4)
13. harley johnson - 2.22.40
14. jeff riddle 4.30
15. lynn troost - no time

18 miles-(1)
16. issac goodling 2.08.50

16 mile finishers - (7)
17. brett roberts - 2.10
18. john popovics - 2.14
19. ken welle - 2.26.13
20. jodi heckel - 2.51
21. janak patel - 2.53
22. judy tolliver - 3.00
23. tony suttle - 3.26

14 miles (1/2 riddle) - (2)
24. sue anderson - 2.38.32
25. julie mills - 2.38.32

12 mile finishers- (11)
26. ryan hendrickson 1.39
27. Scott ahlgren 1.39
28. scott hendron 1.47.19
29. chris gutkowski - 1.52.40
30. mike kammin 1.55.16
31. keith schinkoeth 1.55.16
32. sara petrickova - 1.59.22
33. justin smith - 2.07.40
34. magdalena casper -shipp - 2.08.04
35. dan smith - 2.12
36. tom dolan 2.36

8 mile finishers- (12)
37. dan lillyman 59.15
38. jason riddle 1.14
39. tom burton 1.16.43
40. dan sholem 1.21.13
41. tana repella 1.27
42. brent repella 1.27
43. tom rice 1.33
44. aldo - 1.35
45. mike hatfield - 1.38
46. carol hatfield - 1.38
47. lindsay spangler 1.44.10
48. don fritchl - slow

4 mile finishers - (10)
49. chris peacock 36.30 + cupcake eaten in 15 seconds
50. tanya riddle 37.38
51. paige dowdakin 41
52. michelle salfelder 43.34
53. carol mcclughen 43.34
54. Stan stobe 44-24
55. isabel smith 50
56. bruce rodgers 60
57. adam bryon 1.25
58. chris bryon - 1.25

2 mile
59. terasa kissane - no time

New distance option:  50 miles (3 finished) - started at midnight
 chris migotsky 9.49
 matt halfar  10.34
 gregg rose 11.15
 dan fossier - finished 26 miles  in 5.20

Saturday, January 26, 2013

RiddleRun 14 - preliminary results

11 - 28 mile finishers 

jason elliot - 3.45 1st male
brandon smith - 4.14
darby rude- 4.20
ryan knows - 4.26
pat mills - 4.37
jeff fago - 4.47.56
andrea stack - 5.00.03 1st female
john north - 5.13.58
ellen byron - 5.18
steve hammond - 5.23
robert beach - 5.45

50 mile finishers* (started at 12:01am midnight)
chris migotsky - 9.49 (5.38)
matt halfar - 10.34 (5.38)
gregg rose - 11.15

*dan fossier started the 50 miler - may have finished 28 miles or at least 26 miles-no time given

preliminary DNF's of the 28 miler- the entire Riddle family entered:   jeff, jason, tanya

50 milers - midnight start
andrea stack - 1st female

Jason elliot - 1st male

sunrise at 7am 

Friday, January 25, 2013

RiddleRun14 - cupcake production (photo)

RiddleRun cupcake  production team in action.
(Cupcake Queen in middle, daughter left, daughter-in-law right, son in back)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekly Summary - 1/14 to 1/21/2013

1/14 - Monday - 3.1 miles/ 3.1 running
6am - very easy komen loop...pretty sun glow at Goat Mt.

1/15 - Tuesday - 7.2 miles/ 6 running
am - frozen trail run w/ gregg in 56:31 at 144 hr
pm- fittek warm-up run + weights w/ arms/abs

1/16 - Wednesday - 7 miles/ 5.6 running
am- LOW road all run real easy
pm- dog walk

1/17 - Thursday - 7 miles/ 5.5 running
6 am - bike path w/ chris 59:18 for 5.3 miles 2 x 2M in 21.14 + 19.54..good
pm - fittek warm-up + weights

1/18 - Friday - 4 miles/ 2.8 running
am - 4 mile trail loop very easy run/walk in 51:14 at 125hr

1/19 - Sat - 12.2 miles/ 6 running
am- clinton lake - 2:13 at 137, super easy, lots of walking at 15 min interval pace
pm - walk dogs

1/20 - Sunday -10.2 miles/8.2 running
7am - cold wind 1h 58 w/ gregg - runabout LOW park, roads, golf course, bike path

Weekly totals = 50.7 miles/ 36 running

Regular week, cold but still no snow.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

2 Week Summary - 12/31/2012 to 1/13/2013

12/31 - Monday - 13 miles/12 running
am -Clinton houseboat trail  =4.5M + clinton horse trail, out/back = 4.7M in light snow, frozen ground, easy run/walk , fun w/ chris.....the Hoka shoes did great on the hard cold frozen ground.
pm-body n' sole new years eve run 3.1M on sidewalk  in 31:38 in slush snow

1/1/2013 - Tuesday - 11 miles/8.3 running
am -allerton trail in 1" snow, good footing, sunny 10.1M = 1:57 at 15R/5W pattern, run pace about 10:36

1/2 - Wednesday - 6 miles/6 running
am-back to work today, home to trails and back
pm- fittek

1/3 - Thursday - 5.3 miles/ 5 running
am - bike path w/ chris/gregg = 5.3 miles, icy/ snow covered, had to be carefull

1/4 - Friday - 5.5 miles/5.2 running
am- w/ gregg, 5M trail backwards+ to 3.5M then walk back = 65min for 5.5miles, good, fun

1/5 - Sat - 6 miles/4.6 running
am - 70 min test run at fittek = 6 miles, run at 11:06 to 9:40 pace, felt good

1/6 - Sunday - 5 miles/ 4.75
am - easy b.p run/walk at 11:45 pace

Weekly totals = 51.8 miles/ 41.8 running

Very nice new years day run at allerton.  good start to new year but must stay under control.
1/7 - Monday - 3.1 miles/ 0 running
am - mountain walk uphill on 10% incline at 3mph, low heartrate, but tired in legs...1635' elev gain

1/8 - Tuesday - 8 miles/ 6 running
6am - 5 mile trail backwards w/ gregg/chris 62.24 vs 65 last week, 5miles in 55.22@153, felt good on snow/icy covered trails
pm- fittek run + weights

1/9 - Wednesday - 11.3 miles/ 8.9 running
am-start outside to bp but very ice covered, so turned around to field house then home for 77 mins run/walk
pm-fittek 60 mins w/ Tanya, showed her my 60 min run pattern

1/10 - Thursday - 2.25 miles/ 1.5 running
am - fittek - recovery run, 30 mins at 110/125
pm- none, should have

1/11 - Friday - 5 miles/ 4.2 running
am-  bike path - out/back in 59:47....did not feel much energy

1/12 - Sat - 15 miles/ 11.8 running
am - allerton w/ gregg/chris, they did 3 loops, while I did 2 1/2 loops in 2h 58 for 15 miles w/ run/walk pattern....51 walk + 127 run at 10:48 pace....ok run, not great but whereas last year a  10 mile run like this was great this year its 15 miles so my strength and shape is getting better.

1/13 - Sunday - 9.4 miles/ 8 running
am - 4.5M semi-frozen trails real easy run in 11:24 pace@137HR...a little tired, but expected  it, but fun run because I just ran real easy w/o looking at watch.
pm - fittek 60 mins warm-up 25 mins then 10 x 1 min at 6.1 to 7.0 pace w/ 1 min walk, then 15 min cool-down....a bit wiped out at end but the fast runs felt fast and legs felt relaxed....133 HR avg

Weekly totals = 55 miles/ 40.4 running

Hoka One Evo update: passed 500 miles on Sat...510 after Sunday in 89 runs....I took some pictures to show the tread and a back and side will show my left foot ball has worn down treads and same spot on right foot is about half worn down......a little wear on the heel and nothing much in the middle....I'll to get them posted.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Looking back on 2012 and Looking forward to 2013

The stats for 2012:

2745 total miles (this included walking and hiking).

1575 running.

Missed 6 days for rest or travel, none for injury (although Jan and Feb were light months recovering from a hamstring pull.)

Ran 3 races: 10 mile, 5.75 mile, 20 mile, all on trails with NO pain!!!!!!!!

Weight stayed pretty even after losing weight in the spring.

Ran mostly pain free from mid-summer on , even with the racing and increase in miles.
Thank You Mettler Center!!!

I hope to never take my running for granted, as the fun and enjoyment I get from it can be taken away at a moments notice.

So what's in store for 2013????

I can sometimes get into catchy quotes or inspirational sayings and songs, hence the "motto" of this blog.  The following are  3 that recently got my attention:

1. A goal without a plan is a dream.
2. You can't always get what you want, you just might find, you get what you need...aka Rolling Stones
3. Praise as if everything depends on GOD; work as if everything depends on you.

What these 3 saying will mean for me I'm not sure.  All I know is I'm running tomorrow morning.  I've got some thinking to do, I'm not getting any younger, and I know I need to get healthier.

I can plan out my running with ease and while I am starting to enjoy racing again (and the road trips that go with it), my focus has always been enjoying my daily runs.

Right now I plan for the following races:
1. LBL marathon in KY
2. A race on weekend of April 6???
3. Shadow of the Gaints 50K
4. Howl at the Moon 8 hr.
5. Fall - not sure yet

See you on the road and trail.

RiddleRun 14 - Call for entrys - Jan 26, 2013

In the year 2000, I started this run/race/event  based on the "Fat Ass" history of low key fun long distance races in the middle of the cold snowy winter.  I love to run and wanted something that celebrated with all the other people who loved to run.  That's why I started this race/run/event in the first place.

So if you LOVE to run too, come out and join a few other like minded people.  The weather is always unpredictable but the people make it an always fun event.  Run as much or as little as you want, its all GOOD.

Read below for important information before accepting entry into this event. 

Oh yes, there is a NEW distance option this year.

Just email me ( your request to enter so my wife has a list for the cupcakes.
See you there and Happy Running,
RiddleRun 14
14th Annual Mahomet Trail 12 Mile Run and 28 Mile UltraMarathon Fun-Run
(Plus  NEW Distance Option - read below)

Race motto: "A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame and money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well."
- G. K. Chesterton

When: 8:05AM sharp!! (according to my watch) on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013

Where: Mahomet Trails, aka, Buffalo Trace Trails, Mahomet, IL. (start/finish at parking lot at far west end of bike path at LOW park - go thru Mahomet on State St. past high school, turn right (north), go ½ mile over I-74 to bike path sign). Mahomet is located at the intersection of I-74 and Highway 47 , exit 172. If you can't find the start line, you'll never finish the course.

Entry Fee: $0.00 (proud to say we have not raised our price since we started in 2000)

Qualifications: (PLEASE READ THE FAQ so you know what you are getting into.) Absolutely you must be low key and fun. You must not be a wimp, a whiner, or a complainer. You must not give excuses, die, get hurt or sue. If you are, or do, any of these things you will be disqualified and not eligible for any awards.

Awards: $1Million dollars (hey, if the government can create money out of thin year, why can't we!!) ......all you have to do is finish the race under the current world record for the marathon held by Patrick Makau (kenya) in 2hours 3 mins 38 seconds (that's 4:25 mile pace for 28 miles) addition, we do have a traveling trophy that the male and female winner get to keep, but not use, for a year.

Appearance Fees: None this year, unless you can convince me you deserve one.

Race History:

On Jan. 27, 2000 history was made as 12 runners actually showed up and started. Dave Brady ran 2:20 for the 12.16 mile w/ 4 finishers. Jeff Riddle ran/walked/crawled 8:40:32 for the 28.38 mile w/ 1 finisher. Norm and Joyce Yarger drove down from Northern Illinois. Tom Rice took pictures of the 2-5' snow drifts.

On Jan. 28, 2001 history was made again as race entrants doubled to 24 runners with Dave Scott taking the beginner 12.16 mile in 1:47:35 (course record!!) with 18 finishers and 3 DNF. In a classic race to the death, Spencer Nelson shattered the previous course record for the advanced fun run of 28.38 miles running 4:40:50 (a 9:53 mile pace) with 2 other finishers in hot pursuit. 21 runners recorded "DNF's." No out of state runners showed.

On Jan. 26, 2002 history was made for the third time as 53 runners showed and 4 no shows took to the easy course with horrible winter weather of 55 degrees. With conditions like this 11 finished the 28.38 mile advanced run with 38 DNF's. Dave Scott smashed the course record with a 3:52:14, 8:11 mile pace!! A few out of state runners actually came this year.

On Jan. 25, 2003 history was made for the fourth time as a record-breaking crowd of 81 entered with 62 showing up. Dave Scott repeated as men's champ in 4:06 and Becky Dey and Kristi Bergman becoming the first ever female finishers, Becky winning in 5:45. 14 finished the advanced run, with only 48 DNF's. Bright sunshine and 9 degrees was enjoyed by most.

On Jan. 31, 2004 history was made for the fifth time as 53 of the 84 people signed up actually was brave/crazy enough to show up and run in the -10-degree sunny weather. Dave Scott again won for the 3rd time in a row in 4:28, as 12 finished the ultra of 28.38 miles. With Dave's win he reached "legendary status" and was presented a certificate from the race committee. 41 people left as DNF'd. The controversy of "is RiddleRun a real ultra" was put to rest as Dave Scott said this year's run was the toughest he had ever finished .

On Jan. 29, 2005, history was made for the sixth time as 80 of 107 people braved the icy surfaces and snow. A few people fell, and got bloody, and one brother of mine complained and whined, and thus very disqualified!! Jack Pierce, in spite of the conditions broke the course record in 3h 49m 27s. A record 22 people finished the full 28.38miles..Marla Luckey become the second female winner breaking the course record in 5:34...Bruce Winter shattered the record for slowest run ever in 4 days, 23 hours, 23 minutes and 45 seconds...yes you read correctly...see the FAQ.

On Jan. 28, 2006, history was made for the seventh time as 79 cupcakes made and all enjoyed. Weather was bad - 40's, never rained much or got real windy, a pretty dull day weatherwise. This, I'm sure, caused the 20 no-shows of people that signed up. As it settled 68 started and 11 finished the fun run with 57 DNF's. Jeff Kelly at 3.48.34 was 1st male and Marla Luckey at 4.31.45 was 1st female, for 2nd year in a row, both course records. We enjoyed another Mark Daly production at the start with Lonesome Larry of 98.3 FM doing the national anthem, which included a perfect fly over performed by 10 geese!! I do not know how Mark arranged that, but it was great!!

On Jan 27, 2007, history was made for the eighth time as 70 starters braved very windy conditions of 20-25 mph and 28-33 degrees with patches of ice and snow. The conditions did not slow down Brett Graham (3:54) and Marla Luckey (4:28) who won for the 3rd year in a row, breaking her own course record. 14 finished the advanced fun run and 56 were DNF. Once again Mark Daly arranged to national anthem. It was so windy the fire never caught on.

On Jan 26, 2008, history was made for the ninth time in record fashion as a record102 entered with 93 starters in normal winter conditions. 105 cupcakes were made by my wife, without any help from me. 13 finished, including 5 first time ultra distance finishers. Matt Condron, 3:39:18 and Ellen Erhardt, 4:18 shattered course records. There were 80 DNF's , also a record. Chris Peacock won the first cupcake running 36:30 for his only loop, then eating his cupcake in 1.5 seconds. 1,289.49 miles were recorded.

On Jan 31, 2009, history was made for the tenth time as the following records were set: entrys 125, DNF's 127, cupcakes made by my wife 130, DQ's 2, starters 102. Rob Raquet-Shofield won his first RR in 4.56.42 and Becky Kaston also won her first in 5.32.01. Bruce Rodgers finished the first ever loop on crutches....conditions were average for the day at 5 degrees with sanded snow....Steve O'Connor and wife put up a soup usual I did nothing. My wife later made me a nice hardbound book of photo's and quotes from the race.

On Jan 30, 2010, history was made for the 11th time as the following records were set: 89 starters of 94 entrys. Matt Small won his first RR in 3.58.30 and Kristy Powell also won her first in 4:18 (which tied the course record!!) Conditions were average for the day at 25 degrees and some wind, pretty dull....Steve O'Connor and wife put up a soup usual I did nothing. 14 finshed the full distance with 2 people from Atlanta, Georgia running a marathon distance (they were doing the 50 marathons in 50 states).

On Jan 29, 2011, history was changed as "Not the RiddleRun" training run took place with 38 people (and 7 finshers) showing up to enjoy terrible nice weather to run. This low key publisized event came about after the RR race committee became stubbornly selfish and pouty, and refused to put on the event. The son of the RR race director became upset and so he put together this training run. Inspired by john f. kennedy and martin luther king an arousing pre-race speech set the runners took off with Brian Kuhn and Elloit Brinkman recording the fastest time of 4.57.58 and Andrea Stack 1st female in 5.37.08.

On Jan 28, 2012, history was made for the 13th time as Brandon Smith won by a coin flip over Elliot Brinkman in 4:00:32  Ellen Byron won the female division outright in 5:25.  64 entered and 62 finished at least 1 mile. Conditions were average for the day at 25 degrees and some wind, with snow on the ground at a dusting usual I did nothing. 9 finished the full distance which means 54 did not.

Weather: Coldest, Warm, Cold, very cold, very warm, COLD, all possible due to global cooling/warming/mother nature/GOD's plan/ whatever you want to believe, usually windy, record low about -25/-65 wind chill, record high about +55. Hope for snow with drifting of 5' possible.

Course: Very Easy - "Moses Tanui" loop course of 4 miles on rolling grass and dirt cross country paths thru 260 acres of a conservation area, consisting of praireland, drainage ditches, bushes, trees, holes, no concrete, ruts, etc...this year more rocks and roots!!! If temp is above 32 there will be mud. You might fall; get dirty, bloody and wet. The course is easy to follow and will be marked, if I'm in the mood, (NOTE: I'VE NEVER BEEN IN THE MOOD) but you better be able to read a map, or you can run with someone for the first loop. You have the option to run the loop backwards after the first loop if you want. You can run the inner loop any direction you want. I found out the first year that white paint and white snow go together too well. **(for all you out there familiar w/ the "Ngugi" 5 mile loop, "Tanui" loop is same except turn right over the gravel culvert after about 2.3 miles instead of left up the hill)
NOTE: Last year 3 bridges were built at 3 ditch crossing so the course is even easier than ever.

Distances: 1 to 7 loops
12 +MILE RUN - 3 loops - (actual 12.1632) Again, please remember, this run is for "beginning" runners.
28+ MILE FUN-RUN - 7 loops - (actual 28.3808) This run is for advanced runners and continues on for 4 more loops after the "beginner" 12 mile 3 loop run is completed.
**NEW THIS YEAR:  As a special request, a 50 Mile option!!!! - 12 1/2 loops**

Course Records: 
male - 3:39    
female - 4:18

Cutoff Time: Any time Saturday. But, it gets dark about 4:52 PM so you have 8h 47 min. to finish the Advanced Run before dark. That's about 18:33 pace per mile for the advanced runners. Note: I used to say no cutoff time but Bruce Winter took advantage of that one year...see the FAQ.

Aid: None - BYOA - (bring your own aid) each loop will go by your car in the parking lot. Be aware that water freezes when temps are below 32 (very likely). Bring your own water bottle. We will not have cups or volunteers -nobody's that crazy.

Timing: There will be a clipboard (in my car) for you to write down your name and time after each completed loop. As usual, try to write neat. I know your fingers may be frostbitten but it helps to be able to read your times. I would hate to disqualify you for unreadable times. Wear a watch to keep your own time....and keep the watch running, no stopping it at each aid stop. No one will be counting your loops for you.

Remember, cheaters never prosper!!

Facilities: None. (The park has a rest room and water fountain located 1/10 mile off the course on the east side of the loop, but it may be locked and water is usually turned off in the cold winter months).

Amenities: You have a chance to see herds of deer, fox, turkey, buffalo, possum, coyotes, wildcats (I think I saw one in 1986, really), rabbits, squirrels, dogs, snakes, skiers, hikers, skunks, and Tom Rice, our former award winning newsletter editor and AT section hiker.

Results: I will tabulate the results and may send them to CU- Buffalo list and second wind.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. How does your wife get the cream filling in the cupcake??
Several people has asked me that question....but, like they say, if I told I'd have to kill you.

2. Is this a real run??
Yes. Seriously, it is for real, but just don't get too serious about it.

3. Is the course accurate??
Yes!! If you do not believe me, you can measure it yourself.

4. Do I have to run all the loops??
No. Walking is allowed.

5. I mean, do I have to cover the entire 3 or 7 loop run to get a result listed??
I see what you mean. No, if you only do 1 or 5 loops just record your time and you will be in the results for time/distance, but you will be designated, as "DNF" if you do not finish the full distance of 28 miles.

6. The first year, I noticed that the run organizer was also the 28 mile winner??
Funny how you noticed that. I went as slow as I could but still no one went any faster.

7. I heard the weather was "good " the first year??
Yes, the stories from the people who were there get better and better as the years go by.

8. Will any famous runners be there??
Just many of the world famous Buffalo, including Matt, who just completed hiking the AT in 2012, after hiking the PCT in 2011, and is now training for the CDT to start in 2013.

9. Someone told me the race was cancelled one year because of "bad" weather??
Serious consideration was given in 2002 when the temps were near 50 degree, but.. As they say " The race must go on!!"

10. Do heavyweights get 2 cupcakes??
No, Byroni, for the 9thh year in a row, no!!

11. Will there be a Clydesdale division??
No, Byroni, for the 9th year in a row, no!!

12. Will Chris Peacock eat the first cupcake?? I hear Chris has been training all year eating cupcakes real fast, so NO, he will not eat the first cupcake this year.

13. Is there a cutoff time??
I told Bruce Winter in 2005 there was no cut-off time and being the fast 5K runner Bruce is he told me he would finish sometime on Wednesday.

14. We heard this race is world renowned, how can that be?? says the UI Men's media guide for Cross Country, in 2009, just look it up.

15. Is it true that Illinois runner Angela Bizzari, 2009 NCAA women's cross country champion runs on the RR course?? Yes, while we cannot prove that training on the RR course made her the champion, it is true the NCAA champion ran on the RR course on a regular basis. PS: it should be noted that world cross country champion Craig Virgin, also trained on the RR course in late 1970's.

More Info: Call Jeff at 586-5398 (evenings) or 244-3019(days).